Kuab Maiv Yaj (Koua Mai Yang)


Kuab Maiv Yaj, Koua Mai Yang is an Hmong American female artist based in Saint Paul,
Minnesota, exploring identity in her studio art practice. She is currently a MFA candidate student
at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Yaj’s work investigates recurring themes
surrounding bi-cultural identity, home, female experiences and Hmong patriarchy. Working
representationally from Western and Hmong notions of art, she makes meaning of the Hmong
identity in America today. The heart of her work is to hold space for the possibilities of
addressing the legacy of statelessness, wars, invisibility, and the layers of oppression in Hmong
female experiences.